Hotlinking is a largely accepted Internet expression for linking to another website’s images. In other words, if you create a website, somebody else may want to use the images which you have and rather than downloading them from your Internet site and then uploading them to their own site, they can simply put links straight to your site. In this way, every time a visitor opens their website, the images will be loaded from your account, as a result stealing from your own monthly traffic quota, along with the copyright problems which may present themselves or that somebody may be trying to deceive people into thinking that they are in fact on your site. In rare instances, documents and other types of files may also be linked in the same exact way. To prevent this from happening and to avoid this type of situations, you could activate hotlink protection for your website.
Hotlinking Protection in Web Hosting
Due to the fact that our Linux web hosting feature a simple and convenient hotlink protection tool, you will be able to shield your content from showing on third-party Internet sites with literally only two clicks, even if you don't have very much experience with this sort of matters. The tool comes with the Hepsia hosting CP and once you open it, you will just need to choose the domain or subdomain which you want to protect. Additionally, you may also pick if the hotlink protection shall be active for the default domain root folder or exclusively for a subfolder. You shall not have to do anything else, since our system will create an .htaccess file automatically inside the desired location and will add the required code in it. All sites with active hotlink protection shall be listed inside the same section, so you may disable this service for any of them with a mouse click.
Hotlinking Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers
If you create a semi-dedicated server account and you discover that someone is linking to your files without your consent, you may easily cut them off by enabling the hotlink security feature we offer you. While the standard technique of doing this is to generate an .htaccess file, we have a special tool that can execute this automatically and you'll simply have to choose the website in question and to determine whether our system should create the necessary file inside the main folder or inside a subfolder. The tool is an element of our custom made Hepsia Control Panel and offers exactly the same user-friendly interface, so you'll be able to use it with no issues even in case you have never used any web hosting service before. You may switch off the hotlink protection function for any website/folder with a mouse click through the exact same section.